KUEric (977) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2010
You mix an IPA with another beer type and if done properly you can get an outstanding beer. That’s exactly what this is ... an outstanding beer.
It pours a deep dark bock look with a fairly thick fluffy tan-brown head. The flavor is of an IPA with malty-notes of toasted, roasted, chocoleted goodness. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
From 22 oz. bottleDarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Appearance: Pours a jet black with a light tan, big foamy head.
Aroma: Fresh cut sage and spearmint and big coffee roast.
Taste: Bitter, abrasive hops, herbal notes and big burnt roast to match the abrasiveness hops.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky, moderate carbonation.
Overall: Really big, tasty and balanced. I wouldn’t feel bad even if the hops faded away on this one as the roast could easily carry this beer.
06-Mar-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 17-Feb-11 for $4.49 at Whole Foods in Bend, OR) This seemingly difficult style to brew takes just the right balance, and apparently it’s tough to get it right. So many of the Black IPAs on the market are excessively bitter and out of balance, but Oakshire has truly nailed it with O’Dark:30. This beer pours medium-dark brown with translucent, amber-brown edges, and the tan head builds to nearly an inch on the pour before settling to a short, bubbly layer that leaves a dense curtain of lace on the top half of the glass. The flavor is nicely proportioned between malt and hops, with the hops offering pine and earth while the malt shows dark toast, light roast, moderate bitterness, and a noticeable amount of caramely and somewhat chocolaty sweetness, finishing with a gently smoky flavor and a touch of roasted meat. It’s quite delicious, actually, but the real success here is that the combined hoppy and roasty bitterness isn’t over the top, hitting around medium-plus, and the wonderfully toasty malts offer a touch of sweetness to serve as a lovely counterpoint to the bitterness. The nose is a bit less enthralling, but still very enticing, offering an even balance of fresh, piney hops and very toasty malts, but also a slightly grainy, almost corny aroma. The medium-full body seems perfect for the style, carbonation is medium but soft on the palate, and the beer finishes with a cleansing and refreshing dryness. I’ve had a number of Black IPAs from up and down the West Coast, and this beer is one of my favorites. Balanced, delicious, pretty in the glass, I absolutely loved it. BrewGoblin (632) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
The time between midnight and the next sunrise eh? Wonderfully, this beer is perfect anytime and was enjoyed on a sunny midday with a great friend. Dark, almost black with a thick tan head. A good meaty, mid carbonated body with a bit of oiliness. Sort of tastes like a hopped up, sweeter and less dry Guinness, that’s a good thing. Bitter coffee and pine resin flavours catapult this one into 4/5 range. Alanthebeerguy (213) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
From the bomber. A great balance of a dark malt beer with a good dose of NW hops. The rich flavour of a dark flavour, but the hops give the beer a hop bitter finish, instead of the usual sweetness or rye like characteristics. Yum.
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sebletitje (10285) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2010
Another great OR gem sent by googzoid10.
brown pour, mocha head.
aroma, nice citrus nose with malty touch.
flavors, outstanding new beer style, perfect blend of the citrusy characteristics with the caramel malt blend.
This one started on the hoppy side with a nice roasted malt/coffee aftertaste along with notes of chocolate alwasy followed by udnerlying notes of citrus and pine. Enjoyed this one a lot, the perfect marriage of the bitter and the roast, finish with a nice medium carbonation. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours dark brown with light brown edges and tan head. The aroma is an intriguing mix of roastiness, grapefruit and maybe pine hops too. The taste is similar with a pleasing load of grapefruit, pineapple, some pine, earthiness, dark roasted malts and chocolate flavored coffee. Yummy. The hops quickly grow to full on hop bitterness. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Draft at CDA at Fizz. This was one of my favorites of the afternoon. Pours a deep brown-black with a tan head. Nose is light cocoa and piney hops, Really reminds me a lot of Alpha Klaus. Very nice nose combining the roast and the hops. On taste, more of the same. Firm bitterness, piney hop flavors. Not much citrus, which works well. The roast lends more of the chocolate notes that work so nicely in this context. A really great beer. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with an off-white head on top. Aroma is coffee, citrus, cocoa, and roasted grain. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, and citrus. On the palate the beer is medium bodied and somewhat creamy with the right amount of carbonation. Travlr (25821) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Clear maroon brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of bright pine needles covered in chocolate and dipped in coffee. Taste is dark bitter cocoa powder, bitter coffee.